Saturday, June 21, 2008

Diptyque L'Eau de Néroli

Ahhh, I'm a big fan of fresh, zesty neroli in an eau de cologne, and this is a wonderful new launch by Diptyque. At first, I thought it was like a cross between Annick Goutal Néroli and Santa Maria Novella Zagara. It seemed a somewhat sharper, more lemony type of orange blossom than the Annick Goutal but less sharp and bitter than the Santa Maria Novella. As I'm testing it again tonight, I also think it resembles Caron Eau Fraîche a lot, especially because of the addition of tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus), a sweet herb, a favorite spice of mine that's prevalent in French cooking. I am no cook by any means, but I love to use fresh tarragon in spice blends such as herbes de Provence and bouquet garni.

Overall, this neroli scent is a crisp and exhilarating eau de cologne that dries down to a slightly musky floral effect. It bears no resemblance to the original Diptyque L'Eau, which is also a great scent but a spicy blend based on a 16th century potpourri recipe, made famous by Shalom Harlow who's known to wear it. They are equally wearable, fresh and light, simple and nature-oriented fragrances, but for now, I prefer the new L'Eau de Néroli which seems absolutely essential for hot weather.

Happy Summer '08!

Notes on Aedes de Venustas' website:
L'Eau de Neroli by Diptyque (2008): bergamot, petitgrain, verbena, tarragon, neroli, orange blossom, Egyptian geranium, beeswax, white musk, cedar wood